Family Support Worker

Mrs Reed

My Name is Christine Reed and I’d like to introduce myself and the new and exciting role of Family Support for the Federation of Singlegate and William Morris Primary Schools.

Family Support as a designated role is very unusual in Primary Schools. Often issues and difficulties at home affect a child’s learning but so too can an experience at school affect home life and a child’s wellbeing.

It is my role to help bridge the gap between school and home so that adults in your child’s life can work together to enable your child to be happy and successful in their learning and to be emotionally secure and settled.

I have 30 years of experience working with Children and Families in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. I have social work experience in terms of Child Protection, but also years of therapeutic work with children who are unsettled or have additional needs and also with parents who require someone to be an advocate for them as parents.

I hope to be able to bring my experience and parenting skills into school to help with all of the challenges we face as parents. I can provide one to one focussed direct work with children to enable them to better share their worries or what is preventing them from concentrating in class, making friendships or difficulties at home. For Parents I am able to offer advice, guidance and practical parenting strategies looking at routines, structure, boundaries, behaviour and stimulation which can be worked on together. I can visit you at home by yourself or with your children so that I can help reinforce and really work with you to help set the ‘house’ rules and expectations you have as a parent.

If you feel that I can be of help to you and your family in any way I am here at school. Just ask at the office to contact me by phone or email and please leave your name and phone number and I will get back to you quickly.

Christine Reed
Family Support Worker